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Gov. Kelly says she intends to sign emergency extension

TOPEKA — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly said Wednesday that a measure approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature to rewrite Kansas' emergency management laws while limiting her authority during the coronavirus pandemic is "reasonable." Legislators sent her the bill Tuesday and she said ...

Over 25,000 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered so far in Douglas County

Data from four local health organizations showed that more than 25,000 first doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been administered in Douglas County as of Thursday. Altogether, data from the four distributors — LMH Health, Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health, Heartland Community Health Center ...

Douglas County reports 26 new COVID-19 cases since Tuesday; 234 remain active

Douglas County reported 8,761 cases of COVID-19 as of Thursday, an increase of 26 cases since Tuesday. In Douglas County, 8,527 out of the 8,761 cases are inactive or beyond the infectious period, according to Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health, meaning 234 cases are active. The county ...

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Nearly 600 doses of COVID vaccine have been wasted due to error, LMH Health says

Nearly 600 doses of the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine were wasted due to a faulty transfer of the doses between Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health and LMH Health, according to a news release Thursday evening from the hospital. The error resulted in LMH refreezing doses that had ...

GOP lawmaker pushes plan to undo Kansas policy on vaccines

Story updated at 6:04 p.m. Wednesday: TOPEKA — A Republican lawmaker in Kansas outlined a measure Wednesday that would overturn Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly’s policy of withholding doses of COVID-19 vaccines from counties wanting to move to a new phase of inoculations before the rest of ...

Douglas County reports 54 new COVID-19 cases since Thursday; 263 remain active

Douglas County reported 8,733 cases of COVID-19 as of Monday, an increase of 54 cases since information was last reported on Thursday. In Douglas County, 8,470 out of the 8,733 cases are inactive or beyond the infectious period, according to Lawrence-Douglas County Public Health, meaning 263 ...

Kansas vaccine numbers increase while COVID-19 cases continue to drop

TOPEKA — The state of Kansas continues to see a drop in COVID-19 cases while vaccination efforts expand, health officials said Monday. More than 16% of the state's residents had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported. More ...

Fully vaccinated people can gather without masks, CDC says

NEW YORK — Fully vaccinated Americans can gather with other vaccinated people indoors without wearing a mask or social distancing, according to long-awaited guidance from federal health officials. The recommendations also say that vaccinated people can come together in the same way — in a ...

Local pharmacists across the nation step up in COVID-19 vaccination effort

NEW YORK — They're just your regular neighborhood pharmacists, but some now wear superhero capes. Local pharmacy owners are filling in the gaps as federal, state and county authorities across the country struggle to ramp up vaccinations vital to crushing the COVID-19 pandemic. In some small ...